2018-19 Instructors:



Teaching INI102H1-F

Sharon English PortraitSharon English is currently the Director of the Writing and Rhetoric program, the Innis One program, and the Innis College Writing Centre. She joined Innis College in 2000 as a writing centre instructor, and teaches fiction writing in the Writing and Rhetoric Program. She is the author of two collections of short stories, Uncomfortably Numb (2002) and Zero Gravity (2006), which was long-listed for the Giller Prize, among other recognitions. Her stories and essays have appeared in numerous literary journals, including Best Canadian Stories, Dark Matter: Women Witnessing, and Dark Mountain 5 in Britain. She’s especially interested in writers and writing focused on place, and the role of literature in re-visioning a post-industrial society. She has recently completed a novel called What Has Night To Do With Sleep?


Teaching INI106H1-S

Simon Lewsen PortraitSimon Lewsen is a magazine writer who has contributed to The Atlantic, Azure, enRoute, The Globe and Mail, Toronto Life, and The Walrus. He holds an MA in English at McGill University and works as an instructor at the University College Writing Centre.


Teaching INI101H1-S

Shawn Micallef PortraitShawn Micallef is the author of The Trouble with Brunch: Work Class & the Pursuit of Leisure, Stroll: Psychogeographic Walking Tours of Toronto and Full Frontal TO, a weekly columnist at the Toronto Star, and a senior editor and co-owner of the independent, Jane Jacobs Prize-winning magazine Spacing. Shawn teaches at the University of Toronto and was a 2011-2012 Canadian Journalism Fellow at University of Toronto’s Massey College. In 2002, while a resident at the Canadian Film Centre’s Media Lab, he co-founded [murmur], the location-based mobile phone documentary project that has spread to over 20 cities globally. Shawn was the Toronto Public Library’s urban-focused Writer in Residence in December 2013. His forthcoming book is Frontier City: Toronto on the Verge of Greatness (Feb 2017).


Teaching INI100H1-F

Adam Nayman PortraitAdam Nayman is a film critic in Toronto and a contributing editor to Cinema Scope. He has written on film for the Village Voice, L.A. Weekly, Film Comment, Cineaste, Montage, POV, Reverse Shot, The Walrus, Saturday Night, Little White Lies, and The Dissolve. He teaches film studies at the University of Toronto and Ryerson University and writes The Vice Guide to Film for Viceland. He is the author of two books on cinema.